President Nixon spent eight days on his groundbreaking trip to the People's Republic of China and became the first sitting president to visit Moscow.
Alabama Governor George Wallace was shot and paralyzed during a presidential primary appearance in Maryland. Arthur Bremer was charged with attempted assassination.
Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern dropped Thomas Eagleton as his running mate when it was revealed Eagleton had undergone shock therapy for depression. Sargent Shriver was named the Democrats' new vice presidential candidate.
Former Beatle John Lennon, who, with his wife Yoko Ono, actively demonstrated against America's Viet Nam policy, was given a deportation order by the Immigration & Naturalization Service. The action was orchestrated by the White House. After a series of court battles and hearings, Lennon would be granted a green card three years later.
Washington police arrested five suspects who were attempting to bug the Democratic National Committee offices in the Watergate Hotel. Seven were initially indicted in the incident. The operation became connected to President Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President, which was nicknamed "CREEP" by detractors. Attorney General John Mitchell resigned as the committee's chairman.
Despite the brewing Watergate controversy, Richard Nixon was re-elected president in a landslide victory over George McGovern.
The U.S. resumed heavy bombing of North Viet Nam shortly after Nixon's re-election. By the end of the year, presidential aide and peace negotiator Henry Kissinger announced that "peace was at hand."
118 died when a dam collapsed in Buffalo Creek, West Virginia.
91 died in a silver mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho.
A clerk in Sacramento County, California created a public outrage when he rejected voter registrations that bore the title "Ms." instead of "Miss" or "Mrs."
George Bush was named chairman of the GOP.
FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died at age 77.
Grease became the top Broadway attraction.
Hit songs included Let's Stay Together by Al Green, My Ding-A-Ling by Chuck Berry, I Am Woman by Helen Reddy and American Pie by Don McLean. The Concert For Bangla Desh, featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar and Leon Russell, received the Grammy for Album Of The Year.